COVID-19 Update: Significant Increases in Delta Variant in Virginia

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AUG. 10, 2021

Significant Increases in Delta Variant in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced a significant increase in the Delta variant (B.1.617.2) throughout the Commonwealth -- 80% of infections that occurred during the week ending July 10 that were caused by a variant of concern and reported to VDH were the Delta variant, an increase of 45% since the week of June 19. 


“The Delta variant is here in Virginia, and it is hitting our unvaccinated population especially hard,” said State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, M.D, M.A. “We have a very effective tool to stop transmission of COVID-19: vaccination."


COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States are effective at protecting persons from circulating variants of the COVID-19 virus. The best way to stop the spread of Delta and protect yourself and others is to get vaccinated against COVID-19. 


Find a COVID-19 vaccine near you

Text your ZIP code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233

Questions about the vaccines? Get the answers

Free Walk In COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics at Libraries

On Friday and Saturday (Aug. 13 & 14),  Arlington County’s Public Health Division is offering free walk-in COVID-19 vaccines to individuals 12 and up at Aurora Hills, Columbia Pike, Shirlington, and Westover Libraries.

How to Protect Yourself and Your Community

Getting vaccinated is the most important thing you can do to end the COVID-19 pandemic. But some people may still need to take steps to protect themselves against COVID-19, such as children too young to get vaccinated or people with weakened immune systems.
We can all do our part by following VDH's advice: 

  • wear a mask in indoor settings, even if you are vaccinated,
  • stay at least six feet from others outside of your household, 
  • avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, 
  • wash your hands often 
  • stay home if you are infected with COVID-19, and
  • stay separate from others and get tested if you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19. 

COVID-19 News & Notes

Questions about COVID-19? Call the County's public information line at

703-228-7999, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


schools vaccine flyer

AUGUST 12, 4-8 PM

  • FREE! Appointment recommended but not required: 703-228-1200
  • Open to rising 7th and 12th graders who live in Arlington (guardian needed if under the age of 18) 
  • Offering vaccines required for school entry — HPV, Meningococcal, and Tdap — plus COVID-19 vaccines. (COVID-19 vaccines are not required for school entry.)
  • Questions? Call your school health clinic.